e-Cig Study 2015
We are pleased to announce the start of our 2 year study on e-Cigarettes as well as the overall effects they have on the human body. This website will be used by our subjects in reference to the ongoing study of the effects of ecigs. This study was created to try to answer several pressing questions about the health effects of smoking e cigarettes or “ecigs” as they are more commonly known. This is an ongoing projects and will span several years time frame as we compile and analyze the data we collected.
On September 1st, 2015, 5 subjects who considered themselves “heavy” smokers took part in a study to determine what if any health effects ecigs had upon the human body. This is an ongoing class project and the material presented here can be reproduced without prior written consent. Each subject was required to visit the doctor and were given a clean bill of health prior to the start of this study. The length of time they had been a cigarette smoker varied from 6 months to 5 years. They were instructed to stop purchasing cigarettes and instead rely upon the ecigarettes provided to them by the study. The study decided to use V2 cigarettes due to the overall popularity of the brand as well as the ability to purchase the required ecigs at a low cost by using a trusted resource for V2 officially released coupons. Over the course of the next few months, they were carefully monitored by an accredited health professional who kept careful records regarding any changes in health. A psychologist was on hand to ascertain the mental well being of the subjects to ensure compliance and safety in this experiment. A placebo group was also monitored. They too were heavy smokers. They went through the various examinations of the study yet were not given ecigs to smoke.
The study commenced and after 1 months time all 5 students reported feeling that they had increased energy. This most likely can be attributed to the lack of harmful chemicals that are associated with the normal tobacco cigarette. Such carcinogens as formaldehyde, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide were absent in the ecigarettes. It is noted that we did not monitor for these toxins in the subjects and we can only hypothesize that the reported surges in energy were due to the absence of the poisons in the bloodstream.
For the first two months, each subject smoked the equivalent of 2 packs worth of cigarettes in ecig nicotine form. They were allowed to smoke on campus and in their home and work. After the first month, 3 of the 5 reported that they were able to breath easier. This was confirmed as a lung capacity survey had been completed prior to the commencement of the experiment. The overall lung capacity had increased by almost 15% in 3 of of the 5. The other two subjects showed a 10% increase in lung capacity. This can also be attributed to the lack of carcinogenic smoke produced by the average cigarette. The discoloration of the teeth also improved dramatically after 30 days. Smoking eCigs produces only water vapor and did not contribute to dental degradation.
The study is only a few months old, but we can already see a marked improvement in the health of all 5 subjects after only 2 months of stopping smoking cigarettes. We are not saying that the ecigs are healthier than tobacco cigarettes, only that some of the negative health effects associated with smoking cigarettes are not showing up in those who were smoking e-cigarettes.